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British and Irish Business People

The object of this project is to provide an index of British and Irish Business people (including those that are British and Irish born), sorted into fields of business, providing links to their profiles where they have trees added to GENi. In time categories where there are large numbers will be listed in sub-projects.

Keywords

  • Businesspeople (also businessmen or businesswomen) are people involved in a particular undertaking of activities for the purpose of generating revenue from a combination of human, financial, and physical capital.

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This is a work in progress - as categories become large enough to warrant a page of their own sub projects will be will be created.

Resources

Some individuals will be listed in more than one category. Categories are sometimes difficult to establish - these are also works in progress! Suggestions are welcome.

Main Classification Groups

  • Agriculture and mining businesses produce raw material, such as plants or minerals.
  • Financial businesses include banks and other companies that generate profits through investment and management of capital.
  • Information businesses generate profits primarily from the sale of intellectual property and include movie studios, publishers and internet and software companies. Includes Inventors and Developers – people that either invent or develop an idea – in this sense someone who has developed an idea or invention into a business.
  • Manufacturers produce products, from raw materials or from component parts, then sell their products at a profit. Companies that make tangible goods such as cars, clothing or pipes are considered manufacturers.
  • Real estate businesses sell, rent, and develop properties including land, residential homes, and other buildings.
  • Retailers and distributors act as middlemen and get goods produced by manufacturers to the intended consumers, and make their profits by marking up their price. Most stores and catalog companies are distributors or retailers.
  • Service businesses offer intangible goods or services and typically charge for labor or other services provided to government, consumers, or other businesses. Interior decorators, consulting firms and even entertainers are service businesses.
  • Transportation businesses deliver goods and individuals to their destinations for a fee.
  • Utilities produce public services such as electricity or sewage treatment, usually under a government charter.

List of Business People

Bold links are to GENi profiles. Others are to outside resources.

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Agriculture and mining businesses

Farmers/Ranchers

  • Cornelia Wadsworth Ritchie Adair (1837 – 1921) was the matriarch of Glenveagh Castle in County Donegal, Ireland, now an Irish national park, and the large JA Ranch southeast of Amarillo in the Texas Panhandle, a still active cattle ranch. She is also remembered for having become a naturalized British subject and as a published diarist.
  • John George Adair (1823 – 1885), sometimes known as Jack Adair, was a Scotch-Irish American businessman and landowner who provided the seed capital for the large JA Ranch in the Palo Duro Canyon of the Texas Panhandle, a region of Texas
  • Montgomery Harrison Wadsworth Ritchie (December 2, 1910 – July 19, 1999), known as Montie Ritchie, was a dual British subject and American citizen who became a leading cattle rancher and businessman in the Texas Panhandle during the 20th century.

Horticulture

See also Gardeners: Horticulturists, Nurserymen and Agriculturists

Metals

  • Pascoe St Leger Grenfell (1761–1838) British business man & politician, merchant in the tin and copper business. Joined the business of Thomas Williams of Llanidan - brass and copper producer Served as Governor of the Royal Exchange Assurance Company from 1829 to 1838.

Mining

  • Daniel Willis James (1832–1907) Born in Liverpool, England. Headed Phelps, Dodge & Co (American Mining Company) Served on the boards of other large U.S. corporations. A secret philanthropist.
  • Colonel William P. Rend Born 1840, County Leitrim, Ireland, Died 1915 Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA. Millionaire President of Fuel Company - Invested in Coal Mines
  • Cecil John Rhodes (1853-1902) British businessman, mining magnate, and politician in South Africa. founder of the southern African territory of Rhodesia, which was named after him in 1895.

Tobacco

  • Matthew Cradock (died 1641) London merchant, politician, 1st governor of the Massachusetts Bay Company. He never visited the colony but owned property and businesses there. Acted on its behalf in London - Dominant in the tobacco trade.

Financial businesses

Banking

  • Rev. Henry Duncan (1774-1846) Scottish "Father of Savings Banks,"
  • Sir Richard Levett (died 1711) Sheriff, Alderman and Lord Mayor of London. One of the first directors of the Bank of England, adventurer with the London East India Company. Proprietor of the trading firm Sir Richard Levett & Company.
  • Alexander Mitchell (1817 – 1887) was a Scottish-born American banker, railroad financier and Democratic politician in Milwaukee.
  • Dudley Danvers Granville Coutts Ryder, 7th Earl of Harrowby, TD (1922 – 2007) Deputy chairman of Coutts bank and its parent company, NatWest.
  • Abel Smith (1717–1788) was a British Member of Parliament and one of the leading bankers of his time. Co-founder of Smith, Payne & Smiths Bank in 1758

Financiers

A financier is a person who makes their living from investments, typically involving large sums of money and usually involving private equity and venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, corporate finance, investment banking and/or large-scale asset management.

  • James Michael Goldsmith (1933-1997) Anglo-French financier who became a magazine publisher and a politician towards the end of his life.
  • Sir Alfred Moritz Mond 1st baron Melchett (1868-1930) British industrialist, financier and politician.
  • Sir William Pulteney, of Westerhall 5th Baronet (1729–1805) Scotland lawyer, MP who invested in lands in America, and in developments in Great Britain, including the Pulteney Bridge buildings in Bath and Weymouth in Dorset, and roads in Scotland.

Information businesses

Art

Computers/Electronics

Inventors and Developers

  • An invention is a unique or novel device, method, composition or process. It may be an improvement upon a machine or product, or a new process for creating an object or a result. An invention that achieves a completely unique function or result may be a radical breakthrough. Such works are novel and not obvious to others skilled in the same field.

Excludes

  • Software developer, one who programs computers or designs the system to match the requirements of a systems analyst
  • Web developer, a programmer who specialises in, or is specifically engaged in, the development of World Wide Web applications
  • Video game developer, a person or business involved in video game development, the process of designing and creating games
  • In real estate development, one who builds on land or alters the use of an existing building for some new purpose
  • Inventor – a person who invented a particular process or device or who invents things as an occupation.

See Wiki list of National Inventors Hall of Fame inductees

See National Inventors Hall of Fame

  • Timothy John Berners-Lee (1955) British computer scientist, best known as the inventor of the World Wide Web. Director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C); founder of the World Wide Web Foundation, senior researcher and holder of the Founders Chair at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). He is a director of the Web Science Research Initiative (WSRI), a member of the advisory board of the MIT Centre for Collective Intelligence.
  • William Caxton (circa 1415- nn) English merchant, diplomat, writer and printer. He is thought to be the first English person to work as a printer and the first to introduce a printing press into England. He was also the first English retailer of printed books.
  • Warren de la Rue (1815-1889) Scientist and inventor. The son of printer, Thomas De La Rue

Entered his father's printing firm Having studied science, became a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1850. In 1851, he invented an envelope-making machine.

  • Sir James Dyson, CBE (born 2 May 1947) British inventor, industrial designer and founder of the Dyson company.
  • James Nicholl McAdam (1786-1852) Scottish Builder and administer of roads – Macadamisation
  • John Loudon McAdam (1756 – 1836) Scotland engineer and road-builder who invented "macadamisation" for building roads with a smooth hard surface.
  • Loftus Perkins (1834 – 1891) English engineer, particularly involved in developing the practical technologies of central heating and refrigeration.

Innovator

  • – a person or an organisation who is one of the first to introduce into reality something better than before. That opens up a new area for others and achieves an innovation.

Newspapers and Magazines

  • William Maxwell Aitken, 1st Baronet (1879-1964) Canadian-British business tycoon, politician, and writer. Lord Beaverbrook held a tight grip on the media as an influential Press Baron, owning The Daily Express newspaper, as well as the London Evening Standard and the Sunday Express
  • James Gordon Bennett, Sr. (1795 - 1872) Scottish Immigrant to USA founder, editor and publisher of the New York Herald and a major figure in the history of American newspapers.
  • Ellen Browning Scripps(1836 - 1932) Born in London, American Started The Detroit News with her brother James. She wrote a widely-distributed daily newspaper column until the year of her death in 1932. She founded Scripps Hospital and Scripps Metabolic Clinic.

See Notables in the Newspaper Business

Software developers

Those who program computers or design the systems to match the requirements of system analysts

Web developers

programmers specialise in, or are specifically engaged in, the development of World Wide Web applications

Manufacturers

Manufacturers produce products, from raw materials or from component parts, then sell their products at a profit. Companies that make tangible goods such as cars, clothing or pipes are considered manufacturers.

See Notable Businesspeople ... Food and beverage industry

Automobile Manufacturers

  • Herbert Austin, 1st Baron Austin KBE (1866–1941) English automobile designer and builder. Founded Austin Motor Company.
  • Robert Bamford (1883–1942) was a British engineer, who with Lionel Walker Birch Martin (1878– 21 October 1945), founded a company in January 1913 that became Aston Martin.
  • Walter Owen Bentley, MBE (1888–1971) was an English engineer; designer of aero engines, designer and racer of motor cars, founder of Bentley Motors Limited in Cricklewood near London.
  • Siegfried Bettmann (1863-1951) was a British bicycle, motorcycle and car manufacturer, initiator of the Triumph Motorcycle Company. In 1914 he established the Annie Bettmann Foundation to help young people start businesses. Triumph became one of the most famous motorcycle trade-names of the world.
  • Geoffrey Robert James "Jamie" Borwick, 5th Baron Borwick] (born 1955) is a British businessman, hereditary peer and member of the House of Lords. Chief Executive of Manganese Bronze Holdings PLC, known for the manufacture of the London Taxi, from 1987 to 2001 and then Chairman until 2003.
  • Anthony Colin Bruce Chapman CBE (19 May 1928[1] – 16 December 1982) was an influential English design engineer, inventor, and builder in the automotive industry, and founder of Lotus Cars.
  • Francis Albert "Frank" Costin (1920–1995) was an automotive engineer who advanced monocoque chassis design and was instrumental in adapting aircraft aerodynamic knowledge for automobile use.
  • Archibald Goodman Frazer Nash (1889 – 1965), was an early English motor car designer and engineer, who specialised in manufacturer of light ("cycle") and sports cars in England.
  • [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Ronald_Godfrey Henry Ronald Godfrey (1887–1968), was an early English motor car design engineer. Born near London, he met Archibald Frazer-Nash at technical college, to produce the GN cycle car. A light-weight two-cylinder car first sold in 1911, it stayed in production through 1922.
  • Donald Mitchell Healey CBE (1898 – 1988) was a noted English car designer, rally driver and speed record holder.
  • William Hillman (1848 – 1921) was a British bicycle and automobile manufacturer. In partnership with Louis Coatalen he founded the Hillman-Coatalen Company in 1907, later the Hillman Motor Company after Coatalen's defection to Sunbeam in 1909
  • Thomas Humber (1841 or 1842–1910) British cycle manufacturer who founded the Humber bicycle company in 1869 in Beeston, Nottinghamshire. By 1896 the company, under new management, ventured into Humber motor cars and became the first maker of series production cars in England.
  • [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Beardmore,_1st_Baron_Invernairn William Beardmore, 1st Baron Invernairn DL (1856–1936), known as Sir William Beardmore, Bt, between 1914 and 1921, was an Anglo-Scottish industrialist, founding the eponymous William Beardmore and Company.
  • Claude Goodman Johnson (1864-1926), motor vehicle manufacturer, British businessman who built Rolls-Royce Limited.
  • George Johnston (1855–1945) was a Scottish engineer. George spent the early part of his career in locomotive engineering before designing and constructing Scotland's first automobile, the Mo-Car, which led to the formation of the Arrol-Johnston Car Company Ltd.
  • John Davenport Siddeley, 1st Baron Kenilworth (1866—1953), was a pioneer of the motor industry in the United Kingdom manufacturing aero engines and air frames as well as motor vehicles
  • Cecil Kimber (1888-1945) was a British automobile engineer, most famous for his role in being the driving force behind the MG car company.
  • Frederick William Lanchester, Hon FRAeS FRS (1868 – 1946) was an English polymath and engineer who made important contributions to automotive engineering, aerodynamics and co-invented the topic of operations research. He was also a pioneer British motor car builder, a hobby which resulted in his developing a successful car company, and is considered one of the "big three" English car engineers, the others being Harry Ricardo and Henry Royce.
  • Sir William Lyons (1901 – 1985), known as "Mr. Jaguar", was with fellow motorcycle enthusiast William Walmsley, the co-founder in 1922 of the Swallow Sidecar Company, which became Jaguar Cars Limited after the Second World War.
  • Jem Marsh
  • Lionel Walker Birch Martin (1878–1945) Co found of company that became Aston martin
  • H.F.S. Morgan
  • Lee Noble
  • William Richard Morris, 1st Viscount Nuffield GBE, CH, FRS (1877–1963) British motor manufacturer and philanthropist. He was the founder of Morris Motors Limited and is remembered as the founder of the Nuffield Foundation and Nuffield College, Oxford. He took his title, Lord Nuffield, from the village of Nuffield, Oxfordshire where he lived.
  • Charles Stewart Rolls (1877 – 1910) English motoring and aviation pioneer. Together with Frederick Henry Royce he co-founded the Rolls-Royce car manufacturing firm. He was the first Briton to be killed in a flying accident, when the tail of his Wright Flyer broke off during a flying display in the Southbourne district of Bournemouth, England.
  • William Rootes, 1st Baron Rootes
  • Sir Frederick Henry Royce, 1st Baronet of Seaton, OBE (1863 – 1933) English engineer and car designer, who with Charles Stewart Rolls founded the Rolls-Royce company.
  • Frederick Richard Simms
  • George Singer (cycle manufacturer)
  • John Kemp Starley
  • William Walmsley (1892-1961) - with William Lyons a co-founder of the Swallow Sidecar Company, which later became the Jaguar car company.
  • Maurice Wilks

Brewers

  • Henry Allsopp, 1st Baron Hindlip (1811–1887), known as Sir Henry Allsopp, Bt, between 1880 and 1886, was a British businessman and Conservative politician. Samuel Allsopp & Sons was one of the largest brewery companies operating in Burton upon Trent, England.
  • Sir (Henry) Cosmo Orme Bonsor, 1st Baronet (1848–1929) English brewer and businessman; Conservative politician - House of Commons from 1885 to 1900; Partner in the brewing firm of Combe & Co.; Director of the Bank of England; Governor of Guy's Hospital. 1897 Bonsor became chairman of the South Eastern Railway
  • Sir Thomas Buxton, 1st Baronet (1786-1845) English Member of Parliament, brewer, abolitionist and social reformer. Buxton's Hanbury family connections led to an appointment to work at the brewery of Truman, Hanbury & Company, in Brick Lane, Spitalfields, London. In 1811, he was appointed a partner in the business, now renamed Truman, Hanbury, Buxton & Co; he later became sole owner of the company.
  • Arthur Guinness (1725–1803) Irish brewer and the founder of the Guinness Brewery business and family.
  • John Kinder Labatt (1803-1866) Irish-Canadian brewer, and the founder of the Labatt Brewing Company.
  • Henry Stopes (1852 - 1902) English brewer, architect and amateur palaeontologist of repute in late 19th century London.

Confectionery

  • John Cadbury (1802-1889) Founder of Cadbury's Chocolate Company
  • Joseph Fry (1728-1803) Founder of Fry's Chocolate
  • Joseph Storrs Fry (1767-1835) English chocolate and confectionery manufacturer and a member of the Fry Family of Bristol, England.

China and Pottery

  • Emma Bridgewater - British ceramics manufacturer founded in 1985, owned and run by Emma Rice née Bridgewater and Matthew F W Rice.
  • Sir Henry Doulton (25 July 1820 – 18 November 1897) was an English businessman, inventor and manufacturer of pottery, instrumental in developing the firm of Royal Doulton.
  • John Dwight Doulton (1793 - 1873) English businessman and manufacturer of pottery,

a founder of the firm that later became known as Royal Doulton.

Cosmetics

  • Ruby Hammer, MBE (born 10 December 1961) is a Nigerian-born British internationally acclaimed fashion and beauty makeup artist,[1] columnist, co-founder of Ruby & Millie, and co-founder and director of Scarlett & Crimson cosmetics brand.
  • [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugène_Rimmel Eugene Rimmel] (1820 – 1887) talented perfumer and cosmetics innovator- French-born British perfumer and businessman responsible for manufacturing and marketing some of the earliest commercially made cosmetics. Rimmel moved with his family to London when his father accepted an invitation to manage a perfumery on Bond Street.
  • Nicola Roberts (Born1985) English recording artist and entrepreneur. In 2007 Roberts had started a limited production of a make-up range called Dainty Doll aimed at the pale-skinned market. Anti- Tanning and AntiBullying campaigner
  • Dame Anita Roddick, DBE (1942 – 2007) was a British businesswoman, human rights activist and environmental campaigner, best known as the founder of The Body Shop, a cosmetics company producing and retailing beauty products that shaped ethical consumerism

Distillers

  • John Haig, of Binnington, Midlothian (1758-1819)
  • John Jameson (1740 - 1823) Scottish-Irish Whiskey Distiller
  • Alexander Walker (1837–1889) was the son of John ‘Johnnie’ Walker of the whisky brand. He inherited the company in 1857 and expanded its business, exporting whisky throughout the British Empire.
  • John 'Johnie' Walker (1805-1857) Scottish grocer, who originated what would become one of the world’s most famous whisky brand names, 'Johnnie' Walker.

Electrical Appliance Manufacturers

  • Sir James Dyson, CBE (born 2 May 1947) British inventor, industrial designer and founder of the Dyson company.

Consumer Industries

Food and Beverages

See also Notable Businesspeople ... Food and beverage industry

Iron and Steel Industries

  • Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919) Scottish born America who led the enormous expansion of the American steel industry in the late 19th century
  • David Sinton (1808 – 1900) Irish born American pig-iron industrialist
  • Isaac Wilkinson (c1695 - 1784) English industrialist, one of the founders of the iron industry and pioneer of the Industrial Revolution. He was an influence on John Wilkinson (1728-1808) his son.
  • John "Iron-Mad" Wilkinson (1728–1808) English industrialist who pioneered the use and manufacture of cast iron and cast-iron goods in the Industrial Revolution. Inventor of precision boring machine that could bore cast iron cylinders

Metals

  • Pascoe St Leger Grenfell (1761–1838) British business man & politician, merchant in the tin and copper business. Joined the business of Thomas Williams of Llanidan - brass and copper producer Served as Governor of the Royal Exchange Assurance Company from 1829 to 1838.

Munitions and Arms/Fire Arms

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:British_businesspeople_in_the_armaments_industry

  • Allen George Clark (1898 –1962) American born, British industrialist who helped to build the former Plessey company into one of Europe's largest manufacturers of telecommunications equipment, military electronics and aircraft components.
  • Commander Sir Arthur Trevor Dawson, 1st Baronet (1866 – 1931), known as Sir Trevor Dawson, was an English armaments manufacturer.
  • George Kynoch (1834 - 1891) was the founder of IMI plc, one of the United Kingdom's largest engineering. In 1856 he joined Pursall & Phillips, ammunition manufacturers, in Birmingham. In 1861 he proceeded to set up his own ammunition business on four acres of land that he acquired at Witton near Handsworth.[1] The Lion Works, as it became known, quickly secured contracts to supply ammunition to the British and Turkish Governments.businessesGeorge Kynoch (businessman)
  • Admiral Sir Raymond Derek Lygo, KCB (15 March 1924 – 7 March 2012) was a Royal Navy officer who went on to be Vice Chief of the Naval Staff. Joined British Aerospace, becoming Chief Executive in 1986
  • Henry Neville' (died 1615) lived at the old Archbishop's Palace at Mayfield in Sussex where he ran a highly successful cannon manufactury
  • Mick Ranger (born 1947) is an Essex, UK based firearms dealer. He previously sold Michael Ryan the Chinese "Type 56" copy of AK-47 rifle that he used in 1987 to kill 8 people during the Hungerford massacre.

Other Manufacturing Industries

  • William Hough Watson - Chemist who invented a new soap-making process - establishing a business with the Lever Brothers

Pharmeuticals

  • William Allen (1770-1843) English scientist and philanthropist - business in the field of pharmacy
  • James Crossley Eno (1827/8–1915), Manufacturer of patent medicine, was born in Newcastle, Northumberland, England. Inventer of Eno fruit salts
  • Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome (1853-1936) American - British

Printing

  • Robert Hoe (1784 - 1833) English born American introduced the original Hoe press and was, it is thought, the earliest American machinist to utilize steam as a motive power in his plant.

Ship Building

  • Alfred Fernandez Yarrow, 1st Baronet, of Homestead (1842-1932) British shipbuilder who started a shipbuilding dynasty, Yarrow Shipbuilders.

Textiles

  • Samuel Slater (1768-1835) English-American industrialist known as the "Father of the American Industrial Revolution" or the "Father of the American Factory System" because he brought British textile technology to America.

Real Estate Businesses

Construction and Engineering

Pioneers

  • Matthew Cradock (died 1641) London merchant, politician, 1st governor of the Massachusetts Bay Company. He never visited the colony but owned property and businesses there. Acted on its behalf in London - Dominant in the tobacco trade.

Retailers and distributors

See Notable Retailers

Book-sellers and Stationers

  • Henry Walton Smith (1738–1792) Founder of W H Smith, one of the United Kingdom's largest bookselling and newspaper vending businesses.

Electrical Retailers

  • Charles Kalms (1898?-1978) was a British retailer and founder of the Dixons chains that expanded to become the UK's largest electrical retail chain.

Merchants

  • Francis Levett (1654–1705) London merchant who, in partnership with his brother Sir Richard Levett, Lord Mayor of London, built an early trading empire, importing and distributing tobacco and other commodities.
  • Sir Richard Levett (died 1711) Sheriff, Alderman and Lord Mayor of London. One of the first directors of the Bank of England, adventurer with the London East India Company Proprietor of the trading firm Sir Richard Levett & Company.
  • Andrew MacLeish (26 June 1838 – 14 January 1928) was a Scottish and American businessman. Dry goods retailer. MacLeish founded and managed the retail arm of Carson, Pirie, Scott & Co. and with it designed the company’s first retail store. Co-founder of the University of Chicago

Food Chains

Service industries

  • Service businesses offer intangible goods or services and typically charge for labor or other services provided to government, consumers, or other businesses. Interior decorators, consulting firms and even entertainers are service businesses.

Accountants

Campaigners and reformers

  • Gordon Roddick (born c. 1942), Founder and Chair of the Board - 38 Degrees in memory of his wife Dame Anita. Associated with a number of other causes including the Big Issue.

Cosmetics

Editors

  • Francis Fry (1803-1886) English Businessman, Bibliographer and editor

Education

Entertainment Industries

Environmental Services

  • Benjamin James Goldsmith (born 1980) English financier and environmentalist; investment portfolio is manifold and includes a lucrative sports betting company, Fitzdares. Shareholder of Luxury Publishing Ltd, the publisher of Annabel's Diamond and Fashion the nightclub's house magazine.

Erotica

  • Samantha "Sam" Roddick (born 1 July 1971) is the founder of Coco de Mer a British 'erotic emporium' dedicated to the celebration of sexual pleasure, empowerment, dignity and discovery.[1] She is the daughter of Body Shop founder and activist Anita Roddick.

Horse Racing

Hospitality

  • Marcus Lecky Oswald Hornby Birley (1930-2007) British entrepreneur known for his investments in the hospitality industry. Founded Annabel's at Berkeley Square. Became the owner of the Annabel's Group, which includes Mark Birley Holdings Limited. He launched a men's fragrance line, Mark Birley for Men, in 1996, in collaboration with the perfumers Frédéric Malle and Pierre Bourdon.

Housing Associations

  • George Peabody (1795 – 1869) was an American-British entrepreneur and philanthropist who founded the Peabody Trust in Britain, (one of London's oldest and largest housing associations with over 19,000 properties), and the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, and was responsible for many other charitable initiatives.

Insurance

Interior Designers

Internet services

  • Timothy John Berners-Lee (1955) British computer scientist, best known as the inventor of the World Wide Web. Director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C); founder of the World Wide Web Foundation, senior researcher and holder of the Founders Chair at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). He is a director of the Web Science Research Initiative (WSRI), a member of the advisory board of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence.

Media (Television and Radio)

  • Simon Philip Cowell British
  • Sir Hugh Carleton Greene KCMG, OBE (1910–1987) was a British journalist and television executive. He was the Director-General of the BBC from 1960―1969, and is generally credited with modernising an organisation that had fallen behind in the wake of the launch of ITV in 1955. He was the brother of Graham Greene, the English novelist.
  • Peter Alan Waterman, OBE (born 15 January 1947) is an English record producer, occasional songwriter, radio and club DJ, television presenter,

Philanthropists - see separate project

Printing

Printer from Guernsey who founded De La Rue plc, a printing company which is now the world's largest commercial security printer and papermaker. Recognised as the inventor of the modern English playing card.

Publishers

see Publishers

  • Isaac D. Baker (1819-1850)
  • James Michael Goldsmith (1933-1997) Anglo-French financier who became a magazine publisher and a politician towards the end of his life.
  • Andrew McNally Co-founder of Rand, McNally & Co. Irish American

Security

Solicitors

  • Theodore Waterhouse (1838-1891) British Solicitor Theodore Waterhouse founded the law firm Waterhouse & Co. now part of Field Fisher Waterhouse

Sport

  • Derek Daly (born 1953 in Ballinteer, Dublin) - former racing driver from Ireland, known in motor sports circles around the world as a driver, writer, broadcaster, racing advisor, and businessman. He runs a professional services company called MotorVation, and had been a commentator for American broadcasts of the Champ Car series, as well as a public speaker. One of the agencies that represents him is the National Speakers Bureau.
  • Sir John Moores, CBE (1896 - 1993) Littlewoods Football pools British

Video game developers,

people or businesses involved in video game development, the process of designing and creating games

Transportation businesses

Aeronautical

  • Sir Geoffrey De Havilland (1882-1965), British aviation pioneer and aircraft designer.
  • Claude Grahame-White (21 August 1879 – 19 August 1959) was an English pioneer of aviation, and the first to make a night flight, during the Daily Mail sponsored 1910 London to Manchester air race. In 1911 The Grahame-White Aviation Company was formed to cover his aviation interests, including aerodromes and aircraft design, development, and construction.

Coach Builders

  • John G. Stephenson (1809 in County Armagh, Ireland - 1893 in New Rochelle, N.Y.), an American coachbuilder, invented and patented the first streetcar to run on rails in the United States. Stephenson also designed the New York and Harlem Railroad

Railways


  • Alexander Mitchell (1817 – 1887) was a Scottish-born American banker, railroad financier and Democratic politician in Milwaukee.

Shipping

  • Alfred Booth (1834-1914)
  • Rt Hon Charles Booth, PC, FRS (1840 - 1916) Founded and operated, with his brother Alfred,‎ the shipping company Alfred Booth and Company a British trading and shipping company that was founded in 1866 and traded for more than a century. English philanthropist and social researcher
  • Paul Crompton British businessman and shipowner . He also served as president of the Booth Steamship Company
  • Sir Samuel Cunard, 1st Baronet (1787-1865) British shipping magnate, born at Halifax, Nova Scotia, who founded the Cunard Line.
  • Archibald Gracie (1755 - 1829) Scottish-born shipping magnate and early American businessman and merchant. Insurance, Banking
  • Joseph Bruce Ismay RMS Titanic-survivor-Chairman and managing director of the White Star Line
  • [http://www.geni.com/people/Thomas-Henry-Ismay/6000000015912819103 Thomas Henry Ismay (7 January 1837 – 23 November 1899)

Founder of the Oceanic Steam Navigation Company, more commonly known as the White Star Line.

  • Basil Sanderson, 1st Baron Sanderson of Ayot, MC (1894 - 1971), was a British businessman and public servant. White Star Line, the Oceanic Steam Navigation Company or White Star Line of Boston Packets, more commonly known as just White Star Line, was a prominent British shipping company
  • Andrew Tennant (1835-1913) was a Scottish-born Australian pastoralist, businessman and politician who was a director of the Adelaide Steamship Co. Ltd. from its inception, a justice of the peace, a Freemason, and was heavily involved in breeding, raising and racing thoroughbred horses. He also held interests in coal mines and gold mines.

Cross-industry/Other Businesspeople

Industrialists

An industrialist is a person of great influence, importance, or standing in a particular enterprise or field of business. The term characteristically refers to a wealthy individual who controls through personal business ownership or dominant shareholding position a firm or industry whose goods, products, or services are widely consumed.

  • Samuel Slater (1768-1835) English-American industrialist known as the "Father of the American Industrial Revolution" or the "Father of the American Factory System" because he brought British textile technology to America.
  • William Broderick Cloete (1852-1915) was a British industrialist active in the border zones between Mexico and the United States in the late 19th century.
  • John Crichton-Stuart, 2nd Marquess of Bute (1793-1848) British He developed the coal and iron industries across South Wales and built the Cardiff Docks.

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  • Sir (Henry) Cosmo Orme Bonsor, 1st Baronet (1848–1929) English brewer and businessman; Conservative politician - House of Commons from 1885 to 1900; Partner in the brewing firm of Combe & Co.; Director of the Bank of England; Governor of Guy's Hospital. 1897 Bonsor became chairman of the South Eastern Railway

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  • Benjamin James Goldsmith (born 1980) English financier and environmentalist; investment portfolio is manifold and includes a lucrative sports betting company, Fitzdares. Shareholder of Luxury Publishing Ltd, the publisher of Annabel's Diamond and Fashion the nightclub's house magazine.

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  • Daniel Willis James (1832–1907) Born in Liverpool, England. Headed Phelps, Dodge & Co (American Mining Company) Served on the boards of other large U.S. corporations A secret philanthropist.

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  • Sir Edwin Alliott Verdon Roe (1877–1958) A pioneer English pilot and aircraft manufacturer, Founder in 1910 of the Avro company. The first Englishman to fly an all-British machine a year later with a triplane on Walthamstow Marshes.
  • Humphrey Verdon Roe (1878 - 1949) British philanthropist, aircraft manufacturer; co-founder of Britain's first birth control clinic with Marie Stopes, who became his wife

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  • Col. Nicholas Spencer (1633 - 1689) London merchant who emigrated to Westmoreland County, Virginia, where he became a planter and Governor

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